Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Laura Bradford

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Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Laura Bradford who will be presenting the workshop AGENTS EXPOSED.



laura_webLaura Bradford established the Bradford Literary Agency in 2001. She considers herself an editorial-focused agent and takes a hands-on approach to developing proposals and manuscripts with her authors for the most appropriate markets. During her own misadventures as a writer, Laura came to understand the importance of having a friendly but critical eye on your side, a career strategist in your corner and a guide who can lead you through the travails of publication.

Her recent sales include books placed with Berkley, Grand Central, Harlequin, Kensington, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Sourcebooks, Hyperion, Flux, Macmillan, Adams Media, Egmont USA, John Wiley and Sons and Mira Books. She continues to actively build her client list and is currently seeking work in the following genres: Romance (historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, category, contemporary, erotic), urban fantasy, women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers and young adult as well as some select non-fiction.

She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and she is an RWA-recognized agent.

Laura has a very impressive client list, including New York Times bestselling authors Megan Hart, Erin McCarthy, Beth Kery and Lauren Dane – so start polishing those pitches!

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

I’m an agent. I have the coolest job EVER.

Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations? 

Yes, I usually do a handful of workshops every year for the conferences I attend.  It depends on the needs/requirements of the organization that has invited me to attend.  The 1st time I ever did a workshop was at RWA National and it was interrupted halfway through by a fire alarm and evacuation.  I had to deliver the second half of the workshop out on the loading dock of the hotel next to the dumpsters. All the workshops I have given since have been tame by comparison *grin*.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Riding The Waves”?

I try to give workshops where I can really give someone some real insight into the business, to deliver information that someone can’t find just by Googling. Since you can find nearly anything on Google, it is a real challenge to find compelling topics.  I decided that I wanted to do a workshop that kind of pulled back the curtain on an agent’s work life, to try to explain how an agent thinks and why we make the business decisions we do.  I want to discuss both good and bad days in the life of an agent, business motivations and the difficulties and pleasures of the agent-author relationship.

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

There won’t be any hands-on exercises but time permitting, I always like to do some Q&A.

Which members will benefit most from this session?

Anybody who works with an agent or who wants to work with an agent would benefit, I think.  I try to be as honest as possible and I don’t speak for every agent, of course.  Another agent may have a different subjective perspective but I do my best to explain how we work, in general.


Any advice for conference first-timers?

Conferences are great fun and I think that most everyone is there to get the most bang for their buck and maximize the experience.  In my opinion, that means taking the opportunity to meet your fellow attendees, your peers.  I know many writers can be rather introverted and putting themselves out there and meeting new people can be an intimidating prospect.  But I am here to tell you that we all want to meet you, so don’t be shy. Go ahead and say hello.


Thank you, Laura!

Laura is also presenting a workshop for the Published Author stream,  How to Catch Flies.

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